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Wedding Photographer Wellington, New Zealand. WE DO Photography & Design shares a wedding photography technique.

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I like to finish every wedding reception with a long exposure of the venue at night. Typically cloudy, sometimes raining, but occasionally a beautifully clear and crisp night, stars twinkling in the spring sky.

On this particular evening, after all of the formalities had taken place, I slipped outside and was greeted with one of those rare nights: a perfectly clear, starry night sky.

As I was capturing a single long exposure - 1/20sec, f/4.0, ISO800 - I was reminded of a technique to create star trails: multiple exposures blended together using the "Lighten" blending mode. Something clicked inside my head - I'm facing roughly South, the stars might "circle" around somewhere above the building, this could be a perfect chance to create something unique.

I set my intervalometer for 40 shots, and left the camera click away, 20sec exposures at a time.

Some time during this 10 minute process, another light bulb moment - what if I was to include the bride & groom in the image???

We rushed inside, intervalometer still clicking away, and gently coerced Frith & Channa outside into the chilly night.

With the intervalometer still in the same 40-image process, we positioned them in front of the barn, and lit them with a couple of spurts of off-camera flash.

We tried a few poses:

Blending the images together is embarrassingly simple: simply layer the images and use the Lighten blending mode.

The final image is far from perfect - I should have used >40 images, Frith & Channa are blurred slightly due to motion - but it's definitely something unique for myself, and one of their favourite images of the day. Or the night!

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